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Video – party time at Planned Property apartments

Dave & Buster's

Planned Property hosts a series of “resident appreciation events” throughout the year. They’re a great way for people to meet their neighbors while enjoying good food, drinks and a good time. Last Sunday’s event was a Bears viewing party at Dave & Buster’s, a short walk from four of Planned Property’s

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Posted by sponsored post on September 17, 2014
DealsChicagoNorth Side

Lakeview deal of the day: Play volleyball for a rent credit

Planned Property

You’ll have to act quickly if you want a shot at winning the 3130 Lake Shore Drive volleyball tournament and winning the grand prize of a $1,000 rent credit for your team of four. The single-round elimination tournament takes place on Saturday, September 20. You don’t need to play volleyball to attend 3130′s resident appreciation ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 12, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Food, fun, music and luxury South Loop apartments

The LEX

A great way to check out a neighborhood is to visit the street fairs and festivals that take place there. You’ll meet some of the local businesses, feel the community’s vibe and have a chance to learn about the area from residents. This Saturday, September 6, the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance is sponsoring its annual ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 4, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Scenes from the Bash on Wabash, next door to 1345 Wabash

Bash on Wabash

The Bash on Wabash is an annual weekend event sponsored by the Greater South Loop Association. It’s held in the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Wabash – just outside the new condos under construction at 1345 Wabash. 1345 Wabash is the first new condo development in the South Loop in nearly half a dozen years, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 3, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

Washington Park’s African Festival of the Arts

African Festival of the Arts

The 25th annual African Festival of the Arts kicks off tomorrow, August 29, and runs through Monday, September 1, in Washington Park, 51st and Cottage Grove. Hundreds of vendors participate in this popular event. In addition to the art, crafts and clothes, there’s music on several stages throughout the day, a wide array of food, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 28, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Attend the Bash on Wabash, and check out Park Michigan Apartments

Bash on Wabash

The 1300 block of South Wabash Ave is one of the best restaurant and bar destinations in downtown Chicago. It’s also just a block south of the Park Michigan Apartments, 1212 S Michigan Ave, in the South Loop. Starting at 13th and Wabash, a few steps south will take you to Gioco, Zapatista, Asian Outpost, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 21, 2014
News & trendsNeighborhoods

Do street fairs reflect Chicago’s racial divide?

Do Division

If all you knew about Chicago’s demographic and racial mix is what you saw at your local street fair, would you have an accurate picture of Chicago or a distorted one? Does Chicago’s vaunted diversity disappear at the neighborhood level? The crowds I saw at Saturday’s Do Division and Millennium Art street fests appeared to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 2, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Celebrate Millennium Park’s 10th anniversary at Park Michigan Apartments

Crown Fountain

Millennium Park is a civic treasure and Chicago’s second most-popular tourist attraction. On July 16 Chicago will celebrate the 10th anniversaryof Millennium Park’s opening, but before that date the park will come alive with music, art, recreational and fitness events. Residents of the South Loop‘s Park Michigan apartments, 1212 S Michigan Ave, can enjoy a ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 30, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Where to find the best Halloween treats

Cable House, Chicago

Randy Fifield presides over a large enough brood of youngsters to have learned a thing or two about Halloween. Randy recently emailed suggesting that the Halloween scene on the 1400 and 1500 blocks of State and Dearborn in the Gold Coast “is out of a story book.” If you plan on going, don’t harbor any ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 31, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New South Loop condos draw a crowd

Square One event

Real estate brokers flocked to the South Loop yesterday evening for a sneak peek at the first major condo development in downtown Chicago in half a dozen years. CMK Realty hosted a packed event at Square One, just around the corner from the site of a 15-story, 144-unit tower slated for development at 1345 S ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 25, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

400 East Randolph hits the 50-year mark

400 East Randolph

The 400 Condominium Association, 400 East Randolph, will mark its 50th anniversary on August 11th, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 8 pm with a special event at the Atlantic Ballroom in the Radisson Blu Hotel on North Columbus Dr. The T-shaped 956-unit building opened in 1963 as the Outer Drive East Apartments, and converted to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 6, 2013
North ShoreEvanston

Seat slots available for Evanston 4th of July parade

Evanston chairs

If you’re familiar with all the hoopla that surrounds the 4th of July parade in Evanston, you know that lawn chairs begin lining a more than mile-long stretch of Central Street at 6 a.m. on July 1st. A city ordinance prohibits the placement of chairs on the street parkway prior to that time. Back to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 3, 2013
North ShoreKenilworth

Memorial Day 2013

Geneva IL

In this 2007 video Kenilworth’s T. Tolbert Chisum, accompanied by the strains of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, solemnly intones the name and address of each Kenilworth resident who died to secure our liberty. As he does so, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts plant a flag memorializing each fallen hero. Douglas Macarthur reminds us ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 25, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Scenes from K2′s Designer Showcase party

K2 party scene

The first of three evening events showcasing seven furnished model apartments took place last night at K2, the new luxury apartment high-rise in the Fulton River District. The event drew a crowd that numbered in the hundreds. There was great weather, good food, refreshments, music from KISS FM, luxury cars from Perillo and an opportunity ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 2, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Get red carpet treatment at K2 Designer Showcase parties

K2 designer showcase invite

K2, a new 496-unit luxury apartment tower in Chicago’s Fulton River District, Chicago-based Fifield Companies and Wood Partners, one of the nation’s leading multifamily developers, will host a first-of-its kind K2 Designer Showcase May 1 – 3 to celebrate the grand opening of K2. The K2 Designer Showcase, which is open to the public, will ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 25, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

K2 Apartments hosts Designer Showcase event May 1 – 3

K2 apartments

To celebrate the grand opening of K2, a new 496-unit luxury apartment tower in Chicago’s Fulton River District, Chicago-based Fifield Companies and one of the nation’s leading multifamily developers, Wood Partners, will host a first-of-its kind K2 Designer Showcase May 1 – 3. Open to the public, the K2 Designer Showcase will feature seven models ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 23, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Holiday cheer at South Loop’s Astoria Tower

Astoria Tower Chicago

Astoria Tower, a full-amenity new high-rise in Chicago’s South Loop, hosts a series of events for its residents throughout the year. They’re a great way for residents to get to know each other and the staff in a relaxed setting – and sample some great food while doing so. Join us at Astoria Tower’s annual ...

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Posted by sponsored post on December 20, 2012
North ShoreWinnetka

Good Ol’ Santa visits Koenig & Strey’s Winnetka office

Koenig & Strey Winnetka

Koenig & Strey‘s Winnetka office ran an immensely successful Toys for Tots drive this holiday season. Donors, many of them daily repeaters, and almost all of them anonymous, gave gifts that would be welcomed in the most affluent households in the community. On Sunday, December 17, Koenig & Strey agents gathered at the office to ...

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Posted by sponsored post on December 20, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Community open house for Lathrop Homes plans

Lathrop Homes, Chicago

Plans continue to move forward for the redevelopment of the 920-unit Lathrop Homes, a Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) project that has been largely vacant for several years. Diversey Pkwy neatly bisects the 37-acre Costco-adjacent development site, which lies at the far northwest corner of Lincoln Park and the southwest corner of North Center and is ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 14, 2012

A Kardas Photography display at Wishbone in Lake View

Photographer Michael Kardas

We began showcasing the visual artistry of Michael Kardas in our print publications, twenty-five years ago. Ever since, I’ve leapt at every opportunity to see his work, which spans a wide array of subjects. Despite the scope of Kardas’ subject-matter range, all of his photographs are recognizable by the rigor of their composition and their ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 3, 2012